Here’s Why the GOP Shouldn’t Confirm Garland … Even If Hillary Wins

Judge Merrick Garland (photo credit: Senate Democrats via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0)

Increasingly, Republican politicos in Washington, D.C. are considering confirming President Obama’s proposed replacement for Antonin Scalia, Merrick Garland.

In an interview with Business Insider, Senator Jeff Flake, R-Ariz said that Republicans should confirm Garland if they lose the presidential election this upcoming November.

“Obviously if we lose the election and lose the White House, then we ought to move quickly to confirm [Garland],” Flake said. “And I think if it becomes apparent that we aren’t going to win the White House — if we know in October that it’s not good — then we’ve got to move forward at that point.”

Other Republicans have quietly embraced this strategy, too, including senators Mark Kirk, R-Ill and Susan Collins, R-Maine.

“It’s hard to imagine getting a nominee out of Clinton who’s less liberal than Garland,” a senior GOP aide told Philip Wegmann at The Daily Signal. “If you’re concerned about the balance of the court, you’re concerned about that possibility and it provides an incentive to take a serious second look at his nomination.”

Flake, Collins, Kirk, and any other Republican senator considering pushing for approving Garland have clearly forgotten the true purpose of their office. To vote to appoint Garland is to vote to betray the American Founding and the conservative principles for which they claim to stand.

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Read the full article at Conservative Review.

Michael Lucchese works for the American Principles Project.

Senate Democrats Vote to Be More Like China and North Korea

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The 20 week abortion ban failed today in the Senate. Not a huge shock, but still disappointing to anyone who values life. Republican Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) joined nearly all of the Senate Democrats in voting against this bill to protect life.

Of course, there’s no excuse for voting against this measure. None. It’s unconscionable. But nobody is particularly surprised. In the immortal words of Dennis Green, when it comes to the Democrats and the Republican turncoats Kirk and Collins, “they are who we thought they were.”

Abortion remains legal at any point in a pregnancy. 20 weeks in? Absolutely. 30 weeks in? Come on down to your local Planned Parenthood. 40 weeks in and having last minute second thoughts? Hey, it’s still technically legal.

Is this really who we are as a nation?

Today, on the same day Pope Francis lands in Washington, D.C., we proudly affirm ourselves as one of only seven countries in the world with legal late-term abortion, joining serial human rights violators like China and North Korea.

This is the United States of America. We believe in life, but only when it’s convenient. We believe in liberty, but only for some. And we believe in the pursuit of happiness, as long as you’re not an infant in the womb.

May God have mercy on our nation.

Jon Schweppe is Deputy Director of Communications for American Principles in Action. Continue Reading

Three Surprises from the Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

U.S. Capitol building

By now, you have probably heard that a Senate bill which would have stripped Planned Parenthood of over $500 million in federal funds annually has failed in the Senate by a vote of 53-46.  But this isn’t the full story.  Here are a few facts about last night’s vote that may surprise you:

1. Two Democrats voted for the bill.

Democrats are generally indistinguishable on the subject of abortion.  It is a sacred cow, the Law of the Land which should never be debated or changed.  There are still a few holdouts, however, who have managed to survive Democratic crackdowns on heterodoxy.  Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana decided to risk the wrath of their leaders and vote to pull the plug on Planned Parenthood, at least until an investigation can be conducted.  If you live in one of their respective states, you might want to consider thanking them for a brave stand that will probably estrange them from the rest of their party.

2. Two Republicans opposed defunding, but one voted “yes” anyway.

The GOP Senators in question were Mark Kirk of Illinois and Susan Collins of Maine.  Kirk, who had already indicated he didn’t support the legislation, predictably voted not to end debate on the bill.  Collins, on the other hand, made the surprise move of voting to bring the bill to the floor, just not for the reasons you think: Collins wanted the procedural option to introduce a “substitute” bill that would call for a 90-day investigation of Planned Parenthood…but wouldn’t defund them. Continue Reading